1969 Chevrolet Camaro

"Z/28 2 Door Coupe"

Configuration: Longitudinal front engine

Engine: V8

Displacement: 302cid/4.95L

Horsepower: 290hp at 5,800RPM

Torque: 290 ft-lbs at 4,200RPM

Transmission: 4-speed manual.

A Little History

The Z/28 Camaro was first released in 1966 as the street-legal version of their Sports Car Club of America racing effort. It was made to compete directly with the Ford Mustang, the Plymouth Barracuda, and the Dodge Dart. However, because the Mustang was thoroughly beating the competition, Vince Piggins, an assistant Chevrolet staff engineer at the time, promised the SCCA officials that Chevrolet would come up with an entry for the 1967 SCCA Trans-Am race series.

In August of 1966, the executives approved Piggins’ plan to build an SCCA-legal factory racer based on the Camaro. It was given the regular production order number of Z28, which is how the model wound up with its name. The SCCA homologation standards required that cars have a back seat, have a wheelbase no longer than 116 inches, have an engine no larger than 305cid, and that they sell no less than 1000 street-legal models. Only 602 models were sold that year through a loophole involving the regular Camaro, and the Z28 absolutely dominated on the SCCA tracks.

Chevrolet moved 7,199 Z/28 Camaros in 1968, followed by an astounding 19,000 in 1969. The legacy continued all the way until a two year hiatus from 1975-1976, but returned in 1977 and has been produced annually since.

Did You Know?

Vince Piggins originally wanted to name this car the Camaro Cheetah, but the Z/28 moniker stuck before he could put his word in.

It is estimated that only 5%, or roughly 950 Z/28s were painted in this Rallye Green color in 1969. The most popular color was Hugger Orange (12%), followed by LeMans Blue (11.5%), and Fathom Green (10%).

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